TO: NJ LISTSERV MEMBERS
FROM: PAT Tumulty, Executive Director
DATE: March 18, 2010
1. NJLA ADVOCACY RESPONSE
Make no mistake, if the current proposals affecting state and local library funding pass, NJ libraries will have to close their doors.
Gov. Christie’s budget calls for a 74% decrease in funding for statewide library services. This cut includes the elimination of all statewide library programs and services. What does this mean to NJ residents?
250 of the state's 302 libraries will lose access to the Internet on July 1st
130 libraries will lose email service July 1st
124 libraries will lose their websites or access to them July 1st
Statewide interlibrary loan and delivery of library materials will cease on July 1st
The Talking Book and Braille Center (known as the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) will close on July 1st
NJ resident’s access to electronic databases such as RefUSA and EBSCO will cease on July 1st
Group contracts which bring down the cost of other electronic resources purchased by libraries will cease on July 1st
In addition, libraries will lose $3 million in state aid